Navy Spring Review: Wide Receivers

Navy recently completed its spring drills. GoMids.com’s Jim Lawler will now review every Midshipmen position and name a starter, a backup and a third string player to watch. In this segment he reviews the wide receivers.

WIDE RECEIVERS
Z-WR
Starters: Jamir Tillman Jr.
Back ups: Brandon Colon So.
Third String: Chad Lewellyn So.

X-WR
Thomas Wilson Sr.
Mark Meier Sr.
Craig Scott So.
The focus for Navy's wide receivers in the spread triple option offense is always blocking on the perimeter. Last year the Mids found a new big play receiver in junior Jamir Tillman. The Mids have to replace last year's starter Brandon Dudeck.

As mention earlier, Navy returns their best receiver in junior Jamir Tillman. He emerged last year as the Mids top passing target and go-to receiver. Tillman led the Mids with 20 receptions for 386 receiving yards, a 19.3 average and three touchdowns. He made a 67-yard touchdown reception against Texas State. He had two huge receptions in the Army game just before the half. Tillman broke the tackle of Army's best defensive back Josh Jenkins to pick up an extra yards on a 39-yard gain. Reynolds then threw a 9-yard bullet touchdown pass to Tillman with 18 seconds to go before halftime. Tillman is the son of a former NFL player and at 6-4", 206 pounds offers nice size with above average speed. He's caught at least one pass in nine games. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo has said that Tillman reminds him of former Navy wide receiver Brandon Turner.

The new starting wide receiver is senior Thomas Wilson (6-1”, 201) who was converted from quarterback to wide receiver a few years ago. He played in 13 games last fall. Wilson (2 rec., 48 yards, TD) caught a 26-yard touchdown against Notre Dame. Wilson got away with an offensive pass interference push off against the Irish on the touchdown reception that would have made Michael Irvin blush. Wilson is a big effort player who has developed into a good blocker. Wilson is quick and has a very fluid running style upright running style. In the Army-Navy game he recovered the onside kick at the end of the game to preserve the victory.

Big sophomore wide receiver Brandon Colon (6-4', 218) entered spring camp as the likely starter at wide receiver but was beat out by Wilson. Colon is currently the backup behind Tillman on the depth chart. Last fall he have appeared in every game and had three receptions for 39 yards. Colon made a nice 17-yard reception on the sideline in the opener against Ohio State. Colon is a big target with good hands. His blocking needs to improve and become more consistent. Senior Marc Meier will back up Wilson. Last year he played in eight games and appeared in the last seven; he had no receptions. Marc is a 5-11”, 188 pound player who caught 40 passes for 750 yards and scored nine touchdowns his senior season for Great Bridge high school in Virginia. Meier possesses excellent hands and decent speed. Meier showed he could block on the move as a slotback at NAPS in 2011 when he was moved from wide receiver due to injuries.

Sophomore Craig Scott (6-2”, 184) is listed as third on the depth chart. He played for the JV last year. Scott looked like a polished receiver at NAPS when I saw him play in 2013. Scott has good size, functional football speed and excellent hands. He runs his routes well and can get open. Scott lacks a top end gear and a burst out of his breaks. The key for him is to improve his blocking. Scott has the talent to help and eventually move up the depth chart. He was extremely productive during his high school career. Scott was named First team All-State after he caught 71 passes for 1,110 receiving yards, a 15.6 average, and scored 18 touchdowns. Sophomore Chad Lewellyn (6-4”, 195) is a tall direct admit wide receiver out of Kentucky. During his senior season at Christian Academy he made 53 catches for 749 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Chad has solid hands but lacks speed. Lewellyn uses his size well to ward off defenders. He is a willing blocker and has filled out frame by added fifteen pounds since I-day.

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